I love some of the bindings that were made around the turn of the century. The 1890s was the real beginning of the time when there were professional book designers. For several decades before then, there were artists who did illustrations which would be stamped on the front cover in gilt, but there was generally no cohesive artistic effort on the publisher’s part in the creation of a book.
The Decorative Designers was the first big company to offer book design as a service to publishers. They lasted for decades, and produced some fantastic results.
This copy of Alphonse Daudet’s Tartarin of Tarascon dates from 1895, the first year of DD. Beautiful execution, even if not ground-breaking in design. At the bottom right corner of the front cover illustration, you can see the double-D monogram.
Very good condition overall, clean & tight, some toning to spine. $20